Window, interrupted

I am happy to say that I got the window for the old basement built – with considerably kitten interruptions!

While I did that, the girls installed the new kitchen faucet set. It turns out there are no shut off valves on the water. They had to shut off the main valve for the entire house.

On the list of things to do: add shut off valves all over. I’m pretty sure the bathroom sink doesn’t have any, and I know the toilet doesn’t. In following the pipes through the basements, the only valves we found where the ones for the outside taps, that just shut off every winter.

Also, the cold water pipes and well pump are all just dripping with condensation!

So we now have a nice, tall faucet on the sink that we can actually fit my big stock pots under. πŸ™‚

As for the window, this was my template.

As you can see, I have an enthusiastic helper!

This is the window we leave on throughout the winter, with 3 inch thick foam insulation on the inside. When it warms up, we would take it out and place a wire mesh “window” over the opening to allow air circulation to help keep the basement dry. It is much bigger than the window opening, and the wood framing the metal mesh is old and rotting. It finally broke apart last winter. Right now, we still have it leaning on the wall, but with the broken frame, critters could easily squeeze through, to the insulation is still in the window opening.

I used a piece of some of the wood I’d brought from a shed and used to make the screen door so we can leave the old basement door open. One piece was enough, even after cutting away the water damaged end.

I used the window to size the pieces, then double checked the sizing after cutting. The back of this window has self-adhesive foam weather stripping around the edges, but half of it is missing, so the pieces can’t lay flat, but it’s close enough.

Also, it’s very interesting to use a miter box with kittens trying to climb all over me and my work table! I had some trying to chew on the miter box, while others would take flying leaps at my legs, then climb up onto my shoulders.

The little beasts! πŸ˜€

The next step was to ready the right angle plates I got for this.

This was my original plan; I’d use a combination of wood glue and these plates to secure the corners. I thought to put them on the inner edges of the corners, first, but changed my mind and decided to put them on the outer edges. I marked out the screw holes so that I could drill pilot holes, later.

It…

Didn’t work.

I started by using wood glue on a corner, then putting on the plate, only to discover the screws I had were a fraction of an inch longer than the wood was thick! It was juuuuuusssssttt enough that I screwed the corner to the table a bit.

The other problem, however, was my pilot holes. They were shallow holes; I just wanted enough to make getting started, easier. A few of them ended up being ever so slightly off centre, then some of the screws started going off on angles.

The end result was that the angle plate ended up making the corners less squared!

So I took off the couple I’d put on and left it for later. I had already glued the pair of corners, which were supposed to be clamped for 10 minutes. I don’t have right angle clamps. One didn’t really need it, but I did end up using a C clamp on the other.

It was a good thing I had to wait for the glue to set for a while, because at that point, I was being thoroughly loved on and cuddled by Big Rig. Then Leyendecker joined us. Then they fell asleep on me! After a while, Big Rig took off, but Leyendecker stayed. I finally had to move, and discovered David settled in one of their box caves, so I put them together – and Leyendecker stayed!

Until my husband came down, and he ended up with kittens nursing behind his butt. πŸ˜€ Finally, Beep Beep got tired of that – and she joined David!

David is such a sweetie will all the cats and kittens!

I was, eventually, able to continue with the window. πŸ˜€

One of the things I found among the many, many things shoved onto the support beam, between the floor joists above, was a roll of window screen. I dug it out and, after gluing the remaining two corners of the frame, used it to measure off a piece of screen.

I actually ended up throwing away the first piece I’d cut, as it turned out to be damaged.

I don’t know how long that roll had been sitting there, but it was just caked with dust!!! Enough to make unrolling it very… sticky. :-/ I cut the mesh larger than the frame, so that I could fold the edges in, for extra strength.

I also cut some of the wire mesh to size.

After fighting with the window screen for a while, trying to get the edges folded under, it occurred to me that I was working on the “pretty” side of the window frame, and that the screen and wire mesh needed to be on the “ugly” side, that would be facing inside the basement.

No, the wood glue wasn’t dry enough to hold, yet. Which was fine. After I flipped it, I just stuck it back together and kept going.

It took away longer to get those edges to fold under than I expected! Here, I’ve tacked the screen to the frame at the corners with a staple gun.

Once it was tacked in place, I got out some Weldbond adhesive and applied it to the edges, then used a cast off piece of wood to spread the adhesive and push it through the screen.

Then I added the wire mesh.

I was going to say I went overboard with the staple gun, but to be honest, I seriously considered adding even more. Every wire around the edge has a staple, alternating between the outside edge, and the next wire in.

The corners each got at least 4 staples. πŸ˜€

I’m hoping that, between the Weldbond and the staples, no critter is going to be able to force their way through.

I wasn’t gone yet, though!

Remember those plates?

It took some hunting, but I did find some shorter wood screws to use. The plates were positioned based on the wood based on where the wire was. As long as the point lined up with the corner joins, I just needed to not have a wire in the way of the screws.

Between the plates and the wire screen, this frame is not moving!

Next, I needed to add handles. I used cast off pieces of wood under the metal plates, to keep the adhesive off the worktable. I’d already accidentally screwed it to the table. I didn’t want to glue it, too! πŸ˜€

The weather stripping on the back of the window wouldn’t let it lie flat, but I could at least line up the edges. I then marked the sides of the new window frame at the latches, and at the knobs.

I then added the handles with the bottoms lined up with where I’d marked the placement of the knobs.

The latches on the window fit into holes in the window opening outside. Once in place, the window is flush with the wall around the window opening. The wood is much thicker than the plastic, so I know at the very least, it will stick out from the wall. What we might end up doing is adding another pair of latches, so the outside of that window opening will have the fittings for both windows on them.

We’ll make that decision later, though. It will all depend on how it fits.

For now, the window is finished. I’ll leave the adhesive to dry overnight, and tomorrow, I’ll see if I got it right and it fits – or if I screwed up! πŸ˜€

Once I know how it fits, we will be able to see what would work best for fastening it in place.

After that, the only thing left will be to paint it. We have several things that will need painting, so we’ll wait until later in the season and do all of them at the same time.

Happily, we are now able to cross a couple more things off the to-do list. The list isn’t going down as fast as I’d like, but it is going down! πŸ™‚

The Re-Farmer

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